Residents and shoppers sampled a wide variety of cuisines from 14 different restaurants, including Bartolino's, La Adelita, Kurry Qulture, Off the Hook and Tienda Vieja, and dishes ranging from oysters to Oreo cheesecake cupcakes.
“Dine in Queens” will run for three weeks from October 17 to November 3. Approximately 100 restaurants throughout the borough will participate by offering a prix fixe dinner for $28 or a $14 lunch.
According to Rob MacKay, director of public relations for the Queens Tourism Council, said many restaurants participating this year are doing so for the first time.
Katch, a gastropub eatery and beer garden in Astoria, served short rib tacos and truffle mushroom mac and cheese.
“It’s a great event and a good way to get the word out,” said general manager John Cons.
George Tagaris, owner of Grace's Pizza, said participating in the event was a way to raise awareness of small food establishments, especially with younger crowds who tend to favor larger establishments like McDonald’s.
“I love that we can offer different types of food and that the community is interested in it,” said Tagaris.